House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday, in a pointed political gesture after listening tight-lipped to the president tout his achievements to Congress.The tension between Trump and his Democratic nemesis was palpable from the outset, as Pelosi extended her extended her hand for a handshake — and the president failed to return the favor.Seated in silence behind the president in the House of Representatives, Pelosi frowned, repeatedly shook her head and smiled disbelievingly until he finished speaking and Republicans erupted in applause — at which point she rose and very visibly tore up the papers in front of her. Pelosi’s gesture capped a night where the country’s bitter political divide was on full display, as Trump’s address earned a triumphant reception from the Republican half of Congress — but sullen silence, boos and jeers from the Democrats present.Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate, said that the speech was “more like a Trump rally than a speech a true leader would give”.”It was demagogic, undignified, highly partisan and in too many places, untruthful,” he said.The White House was quick to hit back at Pelosi, saying she had insulted the Americans honored in Trump’s speech, from a veteran airman to a premature baby or a mourning military family.”That’s her legacy,” it said.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham doubled down, tweeting: “Tearing the speech up is not going to tear up the accomplishments of this President.”His fellow Republican Senator Marco Rubio said Pelosi had “embarrassed herself” by ripping up the speech.”So pathetic,” he added on Twitter.Topics : Asked afterwards by a reporter to give a reason for her gesture, Pelosi replied: “Because it was the courteous thing to do, considering the alternatives.”And in a follow-up tweet, the 79-year-old Pelosi said Democrats would “never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done.” .@SpeakerPelosi tears up of State of the Union speech.#SOTU #SOTU2020 pic.twitter.com/sIpi4G7KsL— CSPAN (@cspan) February 5, 2020Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House six weeks ago, and the flashpoint with Pelosi comes one day before the US Senate is all but certain to vote to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.During the impeachment crisis, Trump, 73, has repeatedly assailed the speaker for her impeachment “hoax,” branding her “nervous Nancy” and “crazy Nancy” on Twitter.
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72 Views one comment Share FaithLifestyle Treasure unearthed in Indian temple in Kerala by: – July 1, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share By Ashraf PadannaKochiBBC NewsThe temple was built in the 16th Century by the kings of TravancoreTreasure, thought to be worth billions of rupees, has been unearthed from secret underground chambers in a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala.Precious stones, gold and silver have been found at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, unnamed officials say.The riches are thought to have been languishing in the temple vaults for more than a century, interred by the Maharajahs of Travancore over time.They have not been officially valued and inspectors are taking an inventory.Inspectors say they will continue cataloguing the treasure for at least one more week.Unofficial estimates say that the treasure discovered so far over four days of inspections may be valued at more than 25 billion rupees ($500m). But historians say that assessing the true value of these objects is likely to be extremely difficult.Nevertheless security has been stepped up at the temple: “I have instructed the police chief to reinforce security further following the findings and it would be there permanently,” Oomen Chandy, the state’s chief minister said.Concealed richesThe Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple was built in the 16th Century by the kings who ruled over the then kingdom of Travancore. Local legends say the Travancore kings sealed immense riches within the thick stone walls and vaults of the temple.Since Independence, the temple has been controlled by a trust run by the descendants of the Travancore royal family. After 1947 the kingdom of Travancore merged with the princely state of Cochin, which eventually became the present-day state of Kerala.The inspections at the temple began after India’s Supreme Court appointed a seven-member panel to enter and assess the value of the objects stored in its cellars, including two chambers last thought to have been opened about 130 years ago.The Supreme Court also endorsed a ruling by the high court in Kerala, which ordered the state government to take over the temple and its assets from the royal trust. It also ordered the trust to hand over responsibility for the temple’s security to the police.The initial court petition was brought by a local lawyer, Sundar Rajan, who filed a case in the Kerala High Court demanding the takeover of the temple, saying that the current controllers were incapable of protecting the wealth of the temple because it did not have its own security force.Royal wealth?The current Maharajah of Travancore Uthradan Thirunaal Marthanda Varma, who is also the managing trustee of the temple, appealed to India’s Supreme Court.He said that as Maharajah he had every right to control the temple because of a special law enacted after independence, which vested the management of the temple with the erstwhile ruler of Travancore.But his appeal was rejected – Maharajahs have no special status in India and they are treated like ordinary citizens.The members of the Travancore royal family consider themselves to be servants of the presiding deity at the temple, Padmanabhaswamy, which is an aspect of the Hindu God Vishnu in eternal sleep. This is why they historically entrusted their wealth to the temple.But there was a public outcry when the Maharajah attempted to retain control of the temple by citing the special law, with many arguing that the wealth belonged to the people now.The vaults were opened in the presence of the panel, and observers, which include high court judges, temple officials, archaeology authorities, Sundar Rajan and a representative of the current Maharajah.
Mr. Michael David “Mike” Webb, age 58, of Center Square, Indiana, entered this life on May 4, 1958, in Milan, Indiana, the loving son of, Harold Adrian, whom preceded in him death and Carole Jeane (Hopper) Webb. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where he was a 1976 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Mike was employed for Swiss Caps in Patriot, Indiana for 12 years, until January 2017 when he became disabled. Mike was a member of the Center Square Church of Christ in Center Square, Indiana. He enjoyed Dodge Mopar muscle cars and trucks and spending time with his grandchildren. Mike will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Mike passed away at 9:30 am, Friday, April 21, 2017, at his residence in Center Square, Indiana.Mike will be dearly missed by his sons: Steven Webb and his wife: Courtney of East Enterprise, IN and James Webb and his wife: Alicia of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren: Cotton, Jonah, Isom and Ellie Kate; his mother: Carole Jeane (Hopper) Webb of Center Square, IN; his brothers: Carl Webb and his wife: Rhonda of Hanover, IN, Roy Webb of Center Square, IN and Sam Webb of Center Square, IN.He was preceded in death by his father: Harold A. Webb, died July 30, 1996 and his brother: James Webb, died October 4, 1975.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Bro. Don Truesdell, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Center Square Church of Christ. Cards are available at the funeral home.
The North Decatur Chargers Boys & Girls Cross Country teams participated at The Southwestern Shelby Small School Cross Country Invitational at Blue River Park at Shelbyville. Our girls placed 12th and our guys 22nd.20180820070738179‘Overall I was pleased with our performance. Every runner imporved their time from the previous meet. Looking at the fact we have 9 freshmen and 12 first-year runners that is all I can ask for — continual improvement as they figure varsity cross country out.’ Chargers Coach Scott Johnson.
PHILADELPHIA — ‘Horrendous’ and ‘awful’ were the two words Jim Boeheim used to describe Syracuse’s end to the first half in the Orange’s 69-64 win over Villanova on Monday.Holding a seven-point lead after one of its best first halves of the season, 44 seconds of turmoil unfolded for SU in front of Boeheim’s eyes. By the end of it, the Wildcats cut Syracuse’s three-possession lead to a slim two points.Still, Boeheim said he was fine with the half as a whole. SU held a lead over Villanova on the road, and that trumped anything else.‘It was crazy, it was a bad ending,’ Boeheim said. ‘But you go into the locker room. You go up two on the road.’The lead may have washed out the bitter taste of the end-of-half debacle, but it remained one of the biggest 45-second mishaps in Big East basketball all year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt all started with a rare mistake from Scoop Jardine on the night, as he carried the Orange with 10 points in the half. Jardine made an errant pass crosscourt, which was stolen and converted into a layup by Villanova guard Maalik Wayns. Boeheim then subbed Jardine out as he collected his third foul.Four seconds later, SU small forward Kris Joseph picked up his third foul and was removed from the game with SU up five.Then came the nightmarish conclusion to the half. Villanova forward Isaiah Armwood was at the free-throw line, and after hitting his first free throw, Brandon Triche was whistled for a lane violation. Armwood took another shot. This time, Baye Moussa Keita was whistled for a violation. The normally chipper freshman center then provided a dramatic enough gesture to be whistled for a technical foul.Now down four, the Wildcats sent a 94 percent free-throw shooter in Corey Stokes to the line. Stokes made 1-of-2 attempts. Then Armwood stepped back to the line for his second free throw, which was delayed due to Moussa Keita’s lane violation and technical foul. Armwood made the free throw to pull the Wildcats within two.From the sidelines, the player who started it all, Jardine, was as confused as everyone else. And he was just as shocked at what had transpired.‘I don’t know,’ Jardine said when asked what happened. ‘I was on the bench. Every time I turn around, there is one of these calls on us. It was crazy.’Fair OK after first-half scareC.J. Fair said he got scared when he came down hard on his ankle early in Monday’s game. He said he thought it might be worse than it was.With Syracuse leading by two with 14:31 to play in the first half, Fair rolled his ankle off a drive toward the basket. He stayed on the ground for a few moments, grimacing in pain before he was helped off the floor and subsequently brought to the locker room.The injury was first described as a sprained ankle. But it was believed to be not too serious, evidenced by Fair returning to the floor not long after.‘I wouldn’t call it a sprain,’ Fair said. ‘I sprained the ankle earlier in the year, and this time I just tweaked it a little bit. I just panicked when it happened because it scared me.’Fair was limited with his lateral movement but still managed to make a contribution with four points in 30 minutes of action. Defensively, he and Rick Jackson were the enforcers down low.Boeheim second-guessed himself after the game, saying he may have pushed the freshman too hard when he put him back in the game.‘C.J. turned his ankle,’ Boeheim said. ‘I probably shouldn’t have gone with him as much as I did, but he’s just been so steady for us.’Fair has the rest of the week to rest the ankle and get treatment before heading to Washington, D.C., as SU faces Georgetown on Saturday. When asked if he would be ready to go, Fair didn’t hesitate.‘Yeah, yeah, yeah,’ Fair said. ‘For sure.’Orange halts Wildcats’ 3-point shootingAfter watching film of the last time Syracuse faced Villanova earlier this season, the Orange made a concrete effort not to let the Wildcats get clean looks from the outside.Force them inside. That was the defensive goal Monday.‘In Syracuse, these guys, we gave them a lot of room, and they made 3s,’ Boeheim said. ‘Tonight, we wanted to push up on them. We knew it would open up the drive … I thought our big guys did a pretty good job of when they did drive.’The result was 5-for-26 (19.2 percent) shooting from beyond the arc for the Wildcats. A stark contrast from the 11-for-24 the team shot from downtown on Jan. 22 inside the Carrier Dome.Stopping the 3 was so strongly emphasized that SU players flew out to the arc with reckless abandon, even putting Villanova’s shooters on the line at times.‘Last time what killed us was they got too many open 3s,’ Joseph said. ‘This time, only Corey Stokes got 3s, and that was key for us. We made a conscious effort to get out to the shooters, and I think we did a good job with that.’email@example.com@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nicktoneytweets Up six in the fourth set against favored Notre Dame, Ashley Williams nodded at her back row before the Irish serve. Fellow Syracuse seniors Noemie Lefebvre and Erin Little nodded back.All three knew what they were about to accomplish. After an up and down season interrupted by a coaching change and dotted with bad losses, the three seniors helped punch SU’s ticket to Milwaukee for the Big East tournament with an upset win over Notre Dame.After the game, Williams tried to hold back tears when she thought about how far her senior teammates had come.‘These girls mean so much to me,’ Williams said. ‘And it means so much that we go out with a shot at the Big East.’Williams, Little and Lefebvre were given custom-made superhero capes by their teammates before the match. And in the clinching set of a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday, they each had their heroic moments that helped clinch a postseason berth. The win capped a weekend sweep for SU, as the Orange defeated DePaul 3-0 on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse, up two sets before a third-set loss, looked poised to let Notre Dame back in the match. SU committed several costly hitting errors that could’ve turned momentum in the Irish’s favor.Two kills by Lefebvre changed all that. Up 13-10, Lefebvre launched a booming spike down the middle of the court, courtesy of a sprawling Williams dig on the back left corner of the court that kept the point alive for SU.Lefebvre said her connection with Williams showed on that play, and it’ll be something the senior outside hitter will miss when her volleyball career ends.‘We’re roommates, and we’re in the same major,’ Lefebvre said. ‘We’ve spent so much time together during our time here, and it’s translated with our play.’Another spike in that watershed fourth set further turned momentum in SU’s favor. Lefebvre leapt to swat a set by Emily Betteridge, and when the play was over, the ball had ricocheted off Notre Dame libero Kathleen Severyn and flew over the scorer’s table on the left side of the court.Interim head coach Kelly Morrisroe said Lefebvre’s kills have tended to come at critical junctures all season, and that two-kill stretch was no exception.‘Noemie came up huge for us today and really all year,’ Morrisroe said.Lefebvre came up clutch again on the very next play, diving forward to dig a spike by Irish middle blocker Hilary Eppink. After another Betteridge set, Little smacked a spike that landed beyond the outstretched arms of Severyn.With SU up 17-12, Williams kept hard-hit spikes by Notre Dame alive with two consecutive diving digs.A few hits later, Andrea Fisher slammed home a point-winning spike. And Williams, Lefebvre and Little nodded at one another in the back row before the next serve. For a split second, the three seniors took in the home crowd.That moment was well deserved. Morrisroe said her three graduating players provided much-needed leadership to a team with a roster comprised of nine freshmen.‘They don’t need to be vocal,’ Morrisroe said. ‘They lead by example, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.’But on a day that seemed like their last, Little and her senior teammates know they have one more task ahead: the Big East tournament.‘It was a good last time,’ Little said. ‘And we’re not done yet.’Williams couldn’t agree more.‘If we keep playing this way, the sky’s the limit,’ Williams said. ‘We have the talent to go all the way.’email@example.com Comments
With the game tied in overtime against Lehigh on Feb. 17, the pressure was on North Carolina midfielder Will Perry. Facing a team that has missed the NCAA Tournament every year since 2013, the Tar Heels couldn’t afford a loss.Senior attack Chris Cloutier rounded the goal with a defender draped on his right hip. As he tried to escape, two more Lehigh defenders arrived from upfield to block his path.Perry, noticing the three defenders circled around Cloutier, slid over into an open area, about 10 yards away from goal.Cloutier noticed Perry and passed it to his younger counterpart. With an open chance from long range, Perry fired a rocket toward the net. The Lehigh goalie was defenseless. Perry scored his fourth goal of the day, flipping his stick into the air as the Tar Heel bench sprinted to rejoice the game-winner.Initially a Providence commit, sophomore Will Perry has become a star midfielder for UNC (6-6, 0-2 ACC) as they travel to the Carrier Dome to face No. 7 Syracuse (6-4, 3-0 ACC) on Saturday. Playing in 16 games and totaling 18 points in his freshman year, Perry has already surpassed that total this year with 27 points through 12 games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a freshman, Perry, who started just five games, was not a consistent starter. Going into the offseason he knew he wanted to improve upon a variety of skills, including his long-range shot.“I’ve done a better job of being a facilitator this year,” Perry said. “I don’t look just to catch and shoot but also to dodge and look for my teammates.”Perry’s father, Jim Perry, and uncle both played Division I lacrosse at Colgate. When Perry chose to play the family sport, he began to love the speed and physicality of the game, Jim said. Yet, it was not until his sophomore year at Greenwich (Connecticut) High School that Jim was convinced his son would be a Division I player.“He was always a good athlete, but I could never imagine at a young age that he was going to play for a team like North Carolina,” Jim said.Perry scored in all but four games his freshman season and was the recipient of the team’s Jay Gallagher Memorial Award awarded to an outstanding freshman.This year’s team entered the season without former attack Luke Goldstock, who tallied 45 points in 2017. UNC needed someone to step up and provide additional offense to help Coutier. Perry did just that. He improved on playing with his left hand, dodging defenders and gaining speed. He would do footwork and agility drills whenever possible, he said.Still, Perry needed to add another dimension to his game if he was going to become a difference maker, he said. So, he practiced his long-range shot extensively during the offseason, determined to become a dominant offensive player.Early on in the season, his developments were on full display. He scored nine goals in the first three games. In the third, he scored four and the game-winner as North Carolina escaped an upset bid from Lehigh.“He’s got a lot more confidence this year,” Jim said. “He’s matured and with the help of great coaching… his hard work has showed.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 14, 2018 at 11:29 am Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman
Mobalytics, a company made up of scientists and ex-pro gamers, has developed a technology that they hope will become the standard for competitive gamer performance assessment – the Gamer Performance Index (GPI).The Mobalytics private beta had more than 35,000 users testing the platform and over 120,000 sign up for the wait list. Those behind the platform claim that ‘never before has there been an improvement tool available to gamers with this level of scientific rigor’, and that it’ll help the everyday gamer improve their play. They’re kicking off with a focus on League of Legends. Dr. Amine Issa, Mobalytics Co-Founder, and Warchief of Science stated: “Video games like League of Legends are incredibly complex, with ever-changing dynamics, game states and win conditions. “Our vision was to build the best performance analytics platform the gaming world has ever seen and although we aren’t there yet, we have made tremendous progress in the last seven months of closed beta testing with our users.”The GPI uses in-game data and machine learning algorithms to assess player performance in different areas crucial for competitive gamers and helps identify their strengths and weaknesses. For example, for League of Legends, the GPI focuses on eight critical skills of Aggression, Consistency Farming, Fighting, Teamplay, Toughness, Versatility and Vision. The GPI creates a unique graph for every player according to these eight skills and illustrates their play style in an easy to understand format.Using the GPI as its central core, the Mobalytics platform provides multiple features which aid gamers at all points in their journeys to improve. The four main features are: the GPI, Pre Game, Post Game, and the Personal Dashboard.Bogdan Suchyk, Mobalytics Co-Founder and Warchief of Business and Growth commented: “There is a huge amount of data available from the games and there are a couple of existing stats websites where gamers can check their stats. However, we’re taking a step forward and trying to make sense of players data by providing them with detailed analysis and action steps on how to improve. “After seven months and 120,000 users on the waiting list for our private beta, we’re happy to finally release our platform for every League of Legends player to use as they climb the competitive ladder.”Esports Insider says: This looks to be a well researched and thoroughly professional tool and if the Beta numbers are anything to go by, it should prove popular indeed. By smartly repackaging the key data points, Mobalytics intends to enable everyday League players to up their game.
Striker Emmanuel Clottey says he is disappointed for not etching his name in the history books of the CAF Champions league after missing out on the tournament’s goal scoring record.Berekum Chelsea will end their Champions league campaign this weekend without Emmanuel Clottey who completed his move to Tunisian Side Esperance on Wednesday.The 28-year-old who leads the scorer chart with 12 goals from 11 matches was on the verge of equaling or breaking Stephen Worgu’s all time record of 13 goals set in the 2008 edition of the CAF Champions league.“I’m a bit disappointed and I don’t know why it happened like that because I would have loved to be the first Ghanaian to record that feat”. Clottey told JOY Sports“This is not the end, I have a lot of years ahead and may be who knows, equaling that record will be possible some time to come”.Chelsea will play Congolese side TP Mazembe in their CAF Champions league final group game on Sunday at the Accra sports stadium.